Category Archives: Narcotics

Colombia’s herbicide conflict

In 2000, the United States and Colombian governments jointly launched intensive and expanded aerial spraying operations to destroy the coca and poppy crops used to make cocaine and heroin. These spraying operations form a key component of the multi-billion dollar … Continue reading

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Sniff of suspicion:2

In her analysis of ‘Stasiland’, Anna Funder reports visiting one room in the Stasi museum in Leipzig and seeing a cabinet containing glass jars. The woman who ran the museum explained that the jars were ‘smell samples’. The Stasi had … Continue reading

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New voices

Every now and then this ‘blog’ will introduce a range of ‘other voices’ that will bring different perspectives on issues with which the Marjan Centre is involved; these perspectives will be wide-ranging, and selected for their perception and pertinence. Thank … Continue reading

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Living along Amexica

National borders are often viewed as the ‘soft underbelly’ of state authorities struggling with security threats, both real and imagined, as the ambiguity of identity and control in border-lands sets up a tension between security and evasion. While the Afghanistan-Pakistan … Continue reading

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HSBC’s eco audit

In the wake of the record 1.9 billion dollar fine imposed on HSBC for ‘laundering’ the profits of Mexican drug cartels the question arises of whether the bank would be liable in some part for the environmental damage caused both … Continue reading

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FARC and forests

With talks underway in Havana between the Colombian government and the FARC insurgents to end the fifty year long conflict, one of the key items on the agenda is how to resolve drug trafficking in Colombia. The FARC has sustained … Continue reading

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Eco threats from war

Given the current hostilities in Syria and regional tension it is worth remembering the impact on biodiversity of recent regional clashes. (1): During the 2006 invasion of Lebanon by the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) to attack Hezbollah, Israeli aerial bombing … Continue reading

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‘Green’ crime: now official

Governments gathering last week for a meeting of the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime recognized environmental crime – ‘green crime’ – as a new form of transnational organized crime in need a greater response. The meeting passed a … Continue reading

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Drug ‘wars’ and the environment:1

With talks due to start today (Wednesday) in Oslo between the Colombian government and leaders of the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) insurgency it is worth reflecting on the wider damage caused to the environment by the ‘drug war’ … Continue reading

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War and Nature: 2

Assuming that animals in Lucretius’ De Rerum Natura carry a comment about human action, one can undertake a symbolic reading of the passages in which they appear; in this way the interpretation of the poem can either be done literally … Continue reading

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